4 Feet Of Hail: Texas Tweets About Phenomenon

    April 13, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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It sounds like something conjured up for a disaster movie, but it’s true: four feet of hail was dumped on Amarillo, Texas on Wednesday when a slow-moving storm came through and the ice mixed with floodwaters.

The hail piled up in huge drifts that resembled sheets of rock and blocked roadways for hours, including a major highway. The Texas Department of Transportation tweeted about the event, updating residents as to road conditions.

Heavy rain and up to 4 ft of hail has US 287 blocked north of Amarillo. Traffic moving slowly through the area. Expect some delays.(image) 1 day ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Stae HWY 136 (Fritch HWY) is closed at Fritch, TX due to flooding. Hail mixing with rainwater is also causing fog and reducing visibility.(image) 1 day ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

As of yesterday, some road conditions were still not back to normal.

Traffic is moving on SB US 287 between Dumas and Amarillo. Water still on the road over US 287 at Potter/Moore County line. Travel with care(image) 1 day ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The hail mixed with dust to create a brown sludge, making it look like mud. This photo is courtesy of the National Weather Service in Amarillo.


While the storm was certainly an oddity, chief weather forecaster at the Amarillo NWS Jose Garcia says it probably wasn’t the most hail the region has seen.

Five to 6 feet of hail fell in Dalhart, Texas, in 1993 during a similar storm; it took almost a month for some roads to reopen as the compacted ice melted slowly.

“It was almost like huge snow drifts,” he said.

Texas has been hit with some harsh weather this year; in early April a huge storm system pushed several tornadoes through the state, causing massive damage and a viral video of an 18-wheeler being tossed through the air with ease.


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  • http://Yahoo Pamela Bunting Lewis

    “Hailstones and Halibut Bones.” Do you think this has anything to do with the atrocities and brutalitis against the gays in Texas? Home of the Four Corners of Churches. Is God speaking to us? “Love one another as I have loved you.” Pamela Bunting Lewis April 13th, 2012

  • http://Yahoo.com Ed Redburn

    God does’nt hate Texas He hates the sin of USA

  • ProudTexan

    There are two kinds of people…Texans and those who wish they were. If you would like to post a derogatory statement, please research your subject. Our governor’s name is Perry.

    • TxGirl

      Thank you!

  • sixbend

    Texas does everything big .

  • http://Yahoo KMike

    It’s amazing how many people respond with political rhetoric to any article or event with a Texas reference. We know you don’t live in Texas and that’s probably good news to Texans. Give it a rest.

  • http://yahoo.com Jamesm8868

    This sounds like a Mel Brooks History of the World part 2
    Mark Anthony standing by Ceasar Saying “All Hail All Hail”

  • Heather

    I am so jealous, I think it is a special treat to have such an unusual event! Thanks for the pics!

  • Gene Lewis

    I wouldn’t respond, except that I’ve known so many Texans.
    My daddy was a Texan and proud of it.
    He used to say; “You can always tell a Texan, but you can’t tell him
    And – “don’t ever ask a man if he’s a Texan.
    “If he is, he’ll have already said so,
    and if he isn’t – there’s no reason to embarrass him”.
    So; all Texans have brown eyes.
    Think about it.